Many reasons to do Christmas shopping locally

By: LindaLou Haines
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Living in our small town and environs, we are very fortunate that so many of our neighbors and nearby residents are sharing their business products, services, expertise and Colfax area locations with us! And, for this annual shopping season, many businesses have specials running. Hopefully you attended Winterfest Saturday or have been in town recently to see signs about these holiday specials. And, don’t forget the small out-of-the-home businesses that don’t have a storefront. I suggest starting with the Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce website,, the Members Directory, for the businesses committed to a community approach to strengthening their own business and those of the other Colfax business owners. But, don’t stop there. Some new businesses and others worth your attention may not have joined the Chamber yet. So, don’t discriminate. If it’s local, shop there. The following list of local businesses offering special products, services and discounts and other specials will not be inclusive, I know. Despite my best efforts, I can not list everyone. We do our best; apologies to those not included. The point is: Shop local, early and often, in Colfax! Downtown, South Main St.: Creative Corner Boutique: Co-op for Artists & Crafters, #55 (for some discounts you must mention this column!); Marson’s Menswear (Happy 81st anniversary!), #25 (Pendleton Shirts make great gifts for any gender!); The Hair Studio, #15 (gifts and local crafts); Ship It, #9 (handmade decoratives). North Main St.: Body Royale Bath & Beauty, #6; Pick-A-Flick Video, #6; Bear River Trading Co., #14 (holiday gifts, party clothes and accessories); Mix & Mingle Greek Bistro, #30 (holiday concerts and some new menu items); Whistle Stop Quilt Shop, #54; Colfax Farm & Country Store, #140 (discounted gifts for home and pets, with coupons); Calvert Veterinary Clinic, #7 (discounted physical exam). Downtown, 9 Depot St.: Café Luna, formerly Evangeline’s (now taking credit cards), #Suite 5; Doggie Depot Pet Grooming (details below), Suite #1. Downtown, Railroad St.: Cheryl at Mane Tamer Salon, #219; Bark Avenue Westeren & Boutique, #201 (gifts and discounts). Downtown, #174: Community Gift & Thrift, #255 A. Downtown, South Auburn: Colfax Healing Arts, #233, Suite 255 (massage specials); Fox Barrel, #1213; Sierra Market/IGA, #575. (Thanks to Alan Shuttleworth for publicly coming to bat for the Market’s community approach to service recently.) Downtown, just off S. Auburn: Fitness4Life, #130 Whitcomb St., Suite B (holiday special: No enrollment fee). Just across the bridge from downtown, S. Canyon Way: Hills Flat Lumber Co./Do It Best, #1000. (Note: Not listed in our local phone directory. See their beautiful annual catalog of specials on gifts and other products for details.) Just up the hill from Main, 55 School St. (Sierra Vista Community Center), Michelle Candler’s Yoga at Studio Z, Suite 3. Home businesses: Lorrie’s BeautiControl Skin Care, call for details, 637-1665. In addition to holiday shopping, I noticed the town is going to the dogs – and cats! The third Colfax pet groomer DOGGIE DEPOT PET GROOMING just opened and is strategically located at Depot and Main at the flag pole. It is the end suite, #1 of 9 Depot St., and you can see it from down South Main. Owner Pam Firpo, who lives with her contractor hubby David and children in Alta, has 25 years of experience in pet grooming in the Bay Area and locally. Her cute little shop, which features a comfortable sitting area, welcomes owners to stay while the pet is being groomed. Contact her at 320-6642 for information about specials. News of another business that is for the dogs, LAW DOGS, in the next column. Happy December Holidays – Whatever you celebrate or maybe like some you celebrate them all. And, remember: You promised you will shop locally now and everyday. I’m still collecting reader/shoppers’ favorite local businesses. Thanks to Kirstin Dawson for her great list. But, I want more. Let me hear from you: